Showing posts from May, 2016

Upcoming Classes & Support Groups

All of these classes and more will be offered by Gwinnett Medical Center. If a registration number is not listed, please call 678-312-5000 to register, or register online at
Scroll to the bottom of the list to see some of our support groups. A full list of support groups is available here.
Monthly Pre-Diabetes Classes If you’ve been told you have pre-diabetes, or are at high risk of developing diabetes, take charge of your health! Learn effective lifestyle strategies that can dramatically improve your overall health and reduce your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. Topics include healthy eating, reading food labels, importance of exercise, and weight management. Presented by a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, this class is for ages 18 years and older. All classes will be held 5 – 7:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

For more information or to register, please call 678-312-6048.

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Preeclampsia: A Story of Survival

We all know that pregnancy is an exciting time of life for expectant mothers and their families. On its own, pregnancy is filled with many changes, mental, physical and emotional. And unfortunately 5-8 percent of pregnant women face a very serious medical condition called preeclampsia.
Preeclampsia is not a well-known condition, as many of the symptoms often seem like normal parts of pregnancy. For example, things like swelling (edema), weight gain, shortness of breath and nausea are common during pregnancy, but when paired with high blood pressure, protein in urine, visual changes and severe headaches, could raise a red flag. To breathe life into the experience of preeclampsia, Kelli Ledford, a survivor of the condition, along with her healthy baby boy, Davis, share their story.
When Kelli first began telling her story, it quickly became apparent that this wasn’t just Kelli’s experience, but one shared by Davis as they fought together each day. For Kelli, every day brought its own set…

Dreamy Foods for a Better Night's Sleep

For 60 million Americans, getting a good night’s sleep is a daily struggle. Sleep influences more than just energy levels and mood, it has a direct impact on blood pressure, heart health, weight, digestive health and immune health. Since sleep is such an essential part of health and wellness, it is important to nourish your body with sleep friendly foods that will support a sound snooze every night.  
There are several nutrients that promote sleep and relaxation. Some of the most powerful nutrients include magnesium, tryptophan, potassium, melatonin, and L-theanine. These nutrients can be found naturally in a variety of foods. Here are some of the most common and delicious:
Magnesium: Dark and leafy greens (raw spinach), nuts and seeds (squash and pumpkin seeds), beans and lentils (soy beans) and dark chocolate
Tryptophan: Eggs, cheese (parmesan and cheddar), red meat (beef and lamb) and fish (halibut, salmon and trout)
Potassium: Baked potatoes, dried fruit (apricots, peaches and prun…

Stay on Tract: Avoid a UTI This Summer

Urinary tract infections, commonly known as UTIs, are all too familiar and affect millions of women, children and men every year. In the summer months, UTIs become more prevalent due to the increase in dehydration, sexual activity and wearing swimsuits for extended periods of time.
A UTI is caused when bacteria enters the urinary tract, triggering an infection that often needs antibiotics to cure. The kidneys, ureter, bladder and urethra make up the urinary tract, and each has a specific function when it comes to removing urine from the body. The kidneys collect and store the urine, the ureter carries urine from the kidneys to the bladder, the bladder holds it and the urethra carries the urine from the bladder out of the body.
There are different types of UTIs, with the most common being a bladder infection. When left untreated, it can turn into a kidney infection, which can be dangerous and cause permanent damage to the kidneys.
The key to avoiding further illness when it comes to …

Sole on Fire?

By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer
Are you all too familiar with this scenario? You wake up in the morning and attempt to stand up. Your feet hit the ground and oh holy cow, that hurts! You hobble to the shower or to breakfast. What is going on? Maybe you are all too familiar with what’s going on. Plantar fasciitis. Today, I want to share my opinion on plantar fasciitis and some techniques that have worked for my athletes.
 *Full disclaimer: These are techniques I have used to treat my patients over the past 15 years. Research, personal experience and patient response have created this body of knowledge. If you have limiting pain, schedule a visit with your orthopedist. If you are currently under the care of a physician and/or physical therapist or athletic trainer, please faithfully follow their course of treatment. There is a method to their prescription, do not mess with it! They know what will work best for you. This is meant to be general information and some tricks to tr…